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Ian Sutcliffe

Countryside float on hold amid growing economic fears

19 Dec 14

Housebuilder unlikely to float in 2015, amid concerns over weakening global economy and pre-election uncertainty

education classroom useful

Talks to be held over troubled £750m framework

18 Dec 14

Government invites firms to attend “supplier engagement day” to be organised next month

Kier

Kier tops contractors' league with jobs worth £434m

17 Dec 14

Civils and public push contractor to top position but John Graham storms into second place on back of two jobs

useful

ISG wins £1.1m in High Court dispute with college

18 Dec 14

Judgment acts as test case for importance of keeping paperwork up to date under statutory payments law

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Data

Market review - November

Market review: A slight dip

16 Dec 14

The value of construction contracts awarded in the UK dropped to £5.8bn in November, with residential accounting for the highest proportion of contracts awarded by value. Here are highlights of Barbour ABI’s latest monthly Economic & Construction Market Review

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Review of the year

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Review of 2014: Fairy tale endings

19 Dec 14

Continuing our look back at the year gone by, here’s a selection of some of the biggest positive news

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Review of 2014: Grimm Tales

19 Dec 14

Our annual review of construction dwells, for a moment, on the sector’s most depressing stories

Paul Sheffield

Review of 2014: Cast changes

19 Dec 14

Who went where?

2546_Steve_Morgan

Review of 2014: Heroes

19 Dec 14

The people and stories that thrilled us in 2014

Panto villains

Review of 2014: Pantomime villains

19 Dec 14

Who and what we loved to hate this year

2014 quotes

Review of 2014: Best lines

19 Dec 14

A collection of the best and most regrettable quotes of 2014

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Review of 2014: Final bow

19 Dec 14

The people we bade farewell to in 2014

Whitmore Park Primary School

Projects 2014 review: part 3

19 Dec 14

Building takes a look back at the completed projects that impressed in 2014

Heathrow Airport Queen’s Terminal 2

Projects 2014 review: part 2

18 Dec 14

Two more completed projects that impressed in 2014 - the British Museum and Heathrow’s T2

Manchester Library

Projects 2014 review: part 1

17 Dec 14

Building takes a look back at the completed projects that impressed in 2014

Features

Lego

Jingle bell blocks

19 Dec 14

Take five teams of construction professionals, stick them in a roomful of Lego, get them to carry out three slightly offbeat tasks, and award them bonus points for good ideas on where to stick Santa… yes, folks, it can only be Building’s 2014 Christmas challenge

Hansom

Hansom at Christmas

Hansom: The Presents under the tree

19 Dec 14

Hello, children … Were you naughty or nice this year? Let me rummage in my sack and produce some Lego, a load of bikes, a massive train set, and a bottle of whisky. Plus, finally, a policy document that makes sense

Project news

Artist's impression of the Westgate scheme

Oxford's £500m Westgate mall wins final approved

26 Nov 14

Planners pave way for construction of Crown Estate and Land Securities joint venture

The Pinnacle

Lipton Rogers closes in on deal to revive stalled Pinnacle tower

7 Nov 14

Exclusive: Sir Stuart Lipton-led design team close to taking over mothballed tower, with “helter skelter” design to be scrapped

Centre Point

Brookfield Multiplex set for £350m Centre Point revamp

6 Nov 14

Exclusive: Developer Almacantar replaces incumbent pre-construction contractor Sir Robert McAlpine

Renzo Piano - Shardlette

Green light for Renzo Piano's residential tower next to Shard

5 Nov 14

26-storey residential tower by the Shard architect in London Bridge given the go ahead

The Pinnacle

Deal to revive Pinnacle tower draws near

3 Nov 14

French fund manager Axa leading a consortium that is in talks to takeover the development of the stalled City of London tower

Bishopsgate Goods Yard site, Shoreditch, London

Battle over Bishopsgate towers plan heats up

29 Oct 14

A dozen towers planned for Shoreditch site, with campaigners saying scheme is “big, ugly and not fit for purpose”

Sketch of the week

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Sketch of the week: library concept

19 Dec 14

This week’s #buildingdoodle sketch is by structural engineer Nirlep Chhabra at SJIL

Leader

Sarah Richardson

We will go to the ball

19 Dec 14

Before 2014 draws to a close, it’s important to look at how the sector can get the most out of 2015

Comment

Michael Dall

2015’s pipeline looks strong

17 Dec 14 | By Michael Dall

As 2014 draws to a close there are still plenty of reasons to be optimistic about the performance of the construction industry

Noble Francis

Some seasonal cheer

17 Dec 14 | By Noble Francis

As we come to the end of the year and thoughts turn to Christmas, the latest CPA/Barbour ABI Construction index brings us more seasonal cheer

Richard McCarthy

How does your garden grow?

17 Dec 14 | By Richard McCarthy

It may be an old idea, but if done properly the latest crop of government-approved garden cities could really help meet housing need in a sustainable way

Bond Street lights

Image of the week: Peacock suit

19 Dec 14

Why are this year’s Bond Street Christmas lights modelled around the motif of peacock feathers

From the archive

Archive 1912

This week in 2009

19 Dec 14

Building’s contributors put their culinary skills to the test

Legal

Scott Mabug and Robin Wood

Just what the doctor ordered

18 Dec 14 | By Robin Wood and Scott Mabbutt

Doctors and other healthcare professionals now have responsibility for commissioning health-related buildings. But do they have the expertise - or time - for such procurement?

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